University to offer first pure chemistry degree in over a decade

The University of Wolverhampton is to offer a pure chemistry degree for the first time in more than ten years, due to growing demand.

Interest in the subject has grown in recent years as student choice has become more focused, and so the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is to offer students a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from September 2014.

It was previously offered by the University until 2002.

It is being offered to provide greater opportunity to study science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in the region and will give students the opportunity to study the main areas of chemistry, being organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry whilst also specialising in areas such as pharmaceutical, forensic or industrial chemistry.

New laboratories are currently being built and the Chemistry students will be amongst the first to have the opportunity to study in the University’s state-of-the-art Science Centre, the first phase of which opens in 2014.

It is aimed that graduates will fulfil the academic and professional requirements for associate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and be ready for employment in the chemistry or related industry.  

An event to mark the return of the subject is being organised to take place in the first week of December.

Derek Walton, Associate Dean of the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We are really excited to be offering chemistry as a subject choice once more.

“The requirement for high quality progression routes into and out of higher education for science subjects is now greater than ever. At both regional and national levels, employers are looking for talented and well trained graduates to fill roles in a wide range of careers linked to STEM subjects.

“As such, there here has been a real surge of interest in chemistry and it provides a huge range of career opportunities for students, as well as being a fascinating subject at the core of science.”

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